This night, I think of faith
as Bacchus fills my cup with dry red wine.
It courses through my veins and soothes frayed nerves.
Beethoven’s Ode to Joy doth fill my heart
with glor’yous sounds that Ludwig could not hear.
I weep for him,
and all the others who
can’t hear God’s voice when gentle teasing winds
sift through the trees on brisk October days
when leaves of autumn, fast ablaze with gold
and crimson, glow beneath sky’s azure vault.
How sad, I am,
for those so blind to have
ne’er seen resplendent beauty wrought by God
and granted to us whilst we walk upon
His wondrous earthly sphere set ‘tween the sun
and moon and ‘neath the Milky Way’s expanse.
I ponder life,
and how I have been blessed
despite my sins and times when I have slipped,
and during times when loved ones have passed on
and left me wrought with dark despair and gloom
that o’er came me as long, unending night.
Despite the pain,
I found within my heart
and soul God’s love expressed to me through friends
and family. His worldly angels salved
my wounds and wrapped my heart with purest love
each day until my ballast was restored.
And thus I greet
my Lord each day as Sol
alights Earth’s rim, and when my love and I
walk highland trails and gaze upon the clouds
e’er shifting, morphing glints that so enchant.
I see Him in night’s distant sparkling stars.
I feel His kiss
each time I breathe fresh air.
I know that I shall never be alone;
my Lord’s with me.
12 February 2016..........................................................
POETIC FORM: BLANK VERSE
Blank verse dates prior to Shakespeare; however, it was he and Milton who popularized and perfected the form. Blank verse continues to be a major poetic form used in the English language.
Blank verse is generally written in iambic pentameter, though varying iambic line lengths are also permitted. Blank verse avoids rhymes--end-line or internal-line.
I've played with this poem's form by writing six sestets and one closing tercet. Each stanza begins with six iambic syllables and ends with four iambic syllables. Thus, the first and last lines of each stanza round out the pentameter for each stanza. The last line of each stanza is crafted to make a statement and begin the first line of the succeeding stanza. Here again, when combined, an iambic pentameter line, though broken between two stanzas. Thus, the last line of each stanza also serves as a pivot from one stanza to the next. Because of this, a sequence is formed from stanza-to-stanza.
Beethoven, Ludwig van = 1770-1827, German composer considered to be one of most important and famous of all composers in world history. Beethoven was totally deaf when he first conducted his masterful Ninth Symphony in Vienna. He could feel the vibrations of the music, but he could not hear its sounds. Frau Caroline Unger, a singer participating in the symphony, had to turn him so he could acknowledge the applause from the audience at the symphony's conclusion.
Doth = does (archaic)
Ode To Joy = A poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785 and subsequently incorporated into Beethoven's Ninth Symphony's final movement.
Glints = a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; inkling; trace.
Ninth Symphony = Beethoven's most famous symphony, completed in 1824. Its premier occurred in Vienna, Austria in March of that year. This symphony is recognized as the first by a major composer to incorporate singing, thus it is a choral symphony. It is considered to be one of the greatest musical masterpieces in Western musical canon.
Whilst = while
Thank you for reading my poetry.